SVTA Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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The SVTA Diversity and Inclusion Statement Outlines Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Note: we see this statement as fluid, reflecting our ongoing commitment to inclusion, equality, and diversity. As such, it may change in response to global or national movements.

As the United States, and the world at large, begins to reckon with systemic racism and cultural oppression of people of color, industry associations like the Streaming Video Technology Alliance have an important role to play. These associations are often the “voice” for an industry, representing individuals or companies from across the ecosystem and, as such, can do a tremendous amount to foster inclusion and provide opportunities for under-represented groups. The most obvious contexts of diversity include race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, country of origin, culture and diversity of thought. However, in a rapidly changing society, diversity continues to evolve and can include class, socioeconomic status, life experiences, learning and working styles, personality types and intellectual traditions and perspectives, in addition to cultural, political, religious and other beliefs.

The Streaming Video Technology Alliance is strongly in support of increasing the opportunities for historically under-represented or repressed groups within the streaming industry. We stand with Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ community, and other groups that have been victimized as a result of discrimination and racism. As such, we are committing our organization to helping improve inclusion and diversity within the streaming industry. This commitment may include, and is not limited to, such activities as:

  • Actively seeking out individuals to participate within and lead our projects.
  • Striving for increased diversity within our SEGMENTS conference (scheduled to debut in April, 2021).
  • Improving the percentage of minority- and women-owned small businesses included in our annual grant program.
  • Diversifying our leadership, from our board to the working groups.
  • Seeking panelists from under-represented groups for Streaming Video Technology Alliance webinars, panels moderated by our Executive Director at other industry events, and other educational forums such as mentoring programs.
  • Launching programs to showcase individual voices from under-represented groups.
  • Partnering with minority-focused organizations, such as AfroTech, to support the development and promotion of other voices within the industry.

We recognize that this isn’t a “one and done” approach. Our commitment is not for just this year, or the next. Improving diversity within our industry, and within human society as a whole, will take a concerted, long-term effort by everyone. That includes us, for the duration of our operation.

Only working together can we change our industry, and the world, so that everyone, regardless of race, religious belief, gender or sexual orientation has an equal opportunity to contribute and succeed. 

Read Blogs From The SVTA Diversity Microsite

Reflections On An Industry
As a black entrepreneur in the media and entertainment space, I feel like I’m in a unique position to really reflect on the state of diversity within the streaming world. Let me start out with my first hat: black entrepreneur. I have seen a lot of progress in the startup ecosystem throughout the last few years.  For starters, Venture Capitalists have become aware of the stories that are...
Standing Strong
My name is Maria Rua Aguete and I am Senior Research Director at OMDIA. As I look back on my career, I realize one thing: I got to where I am by speaking loudly...and not taking "no" for an answer. I completed my MBA in Cardiff when I was 21 years old. As a woman getting ready to break into the working world, I focused my graduating thesis on a simple question: "are women disadvantaged in...
A Simple Wish
Sexual orientation has always been to me like having brown or blue eyes: nothing much you can do about it, and it doesn’t harm anyone. Nothing you should need to conceal or must confess. In the company I work for, the country I live in, and in my immediate cultural environment, being gay is no issue. When the SVA was looking for blog posts about diversity in our industry, I had my doubts. I...
What Women Need For True Gender Equality
My name is Silvia Botella and I lead the marketing activities at Red Bee Media, a global broadcast and media services company. I have been working with media for two decades now, and during my career I’ve had to overcome two big challenges: being a woman and being a non-native English speaker in a male-dominated and very UK-centric business. Nevertheless, I have recently received a RISE Award,...
Kickstarting Your D&I Journey In Three Steps
As it should be, making workplaces more diverse, equitable and inclusive environments is a big focus today.  Besides just being the right thing to do, nurturing and elevating underrepresented voices in our industry is what will make us stronger. Investing in diversity and inclusion initiatives is about bringing together different points of view, different experiences, different life lessons...
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